What to do and see in Stellenbosch, Western Cape: The Best Museums

July 23, 2021 Terina Blouin

Hiking trails and art galleries abound in Stellenbosch, but it's wine that takes center stage. More than 100 wine cellars, most open to the public, surround the oak-lined South African town, and tasting tours operate daily. Winter brings a four-day festival celebrating the local vintages. The historic town center houses the trading-post style shop Oom Samie se Winkel, the Neo-Gothic Moederkerk church, and museums dedicated to toys, military memorabilia, autos and early life on the Cape.
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135 Bird Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 79 127 2623 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/ghettoartgallery/
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2. Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden

Paradyskloof Rd Mulberry Farm, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 21 880 0054 [email protected] http://www.dylanlewis.co.za/sculpture-garden/garden.php
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Dylan Lewis Sculpture  Garden

TO ENTER AN ARTIST’S GARDEN IS TO VISIT ANOTHER WORLD. The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden is a place of expansive vistas, scents and the sounds of nature, with tranquil groves, hidden paths and lush indigenous vegetation. The project began serendipitously in 2009 when Lewis hired an excavator on a whim and began shaping the contours of what would become the seven-hectare sculpture garden. Today, the artist continues to explore themes integral to his work in this serene landscape on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountain looking out over vineyards towards the ocean. Visits and tours by appointment only.

Reviewed By BarbaraMackenzie - Stellenbosch, South Africa

I was invited to take part in a private guided tour through the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. I am not an art person but I do like nature. I was absolutely blown away by this serenity and peaceful atmosphere that opens up once one enters the garden. There is hope for mankind if someone can create something so beautiful and just let it breath - in nature - surrounded by mountains & skies and it almost feels like his sculptures were always there. From the beginning of the beginning. I would highly recommend to have a guide walking with you, it certainly is worth the money if one is interested how the artist started this amazing garden.

36 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 21 883 3018 [email protected] http://www.gavincollins.co.za
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Gavin Collins Art Gallery

Gavin Collins Gallery is owned by and solely dedicated to the artworks of South-African artist Gavin Collins. His large artworks are all done in oils on Belgian Linen, with a particular focus on light and movement. There are a variety of genres available, from cityscapes and figuratives to animals and protraits. This is truly home decor taken to another level!

38 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 21 883 3790 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/ArtOnChurch/
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Art on Church Gallery

Reviewed By SCJama

This art gallery is one of the best galleries I've ever been to, it's not your typical art gallery. It's so unique, calm and beautiful. This place showcases different local artists's work which give you a variety to choose from. The art pieces are very much reasonably priced and affordable and the staff is so friendly, professional and very helpful, they assist with so much care, grace and smile. Did I tell you that it is one of the few if not the only art gallery in touch where you are allowed to take pictures in it. Right! The gallery is also situated in calm and beautiful location of Stellenbosch, a town known for its beauty, rich history, great restaurants and of course wine farms. The location is very safe, clean and peaceful and it's 5 minutes walk to the University of Stellenbosch, 2 minutes walk to the famous Stellenbosch Church, in the same street with the popular and most loved restaurants and about 7 minutes walk to the mall. Stellenbosch Botanic Garden is just few minutes away also, and if you are a coffee head, great coffee spots are surrounding the gallery. This gallery is definitely a must see when you are in town and do yourself a favor; make sure you get one of their pieces, you'll never regret. Whether you are a local or a tourist from outside the country, they ship and courier everywhere in the world, to your door step.

Dorp Street, Stellenbosch South Africa +27 21 808 3489
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6. The Stellenbosch Village Museum

18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 21 887 2902 [email protected] http://www.stelmus.co.za/village_museum.htm
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The Stellenbosch Village Museum

Reviewed By Peter_guest - London, United Kingdom

A quartet of historic houses in the centre of Stellenbosch form this fascinating museum. Each one is historically furnished and takes the visitor back over centuries of local history. These are some of the oldest and best-preserved buildings in South Africa, well worth a visit.

7. Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

Cnr. Van Riebeeck Street and Neethling Street, Stellenbosch South Africa +27 21 808 3054 [email protected] http://www.sun.ac.za/botanicalgarden
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Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, located in the historical center of Stellenbosch, is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. The Garden is open to the public and a R10 admission applies. Although the Garden does not have a visitor parking area, a parking lot is located adjacent to the garden in Van Riebeeck Street.

Reviewed By patriciaty

This was a 3 minute walk from our accommodation. Their Lily pond with Lily pads and water lilies was outstanding. They also have a great selection of Bonsai trees. The staff were extremely friendly and informative. Nice cafe with equally friendly staff.

8. Rupert Museum

Stellentia Avenue Off Dorp Street, Stellenbosch South Africa +27 21 888 3344 http://www.rupertmuseum.org
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Rupert Museum

Reviewed By Gavin673 - Cape Town, South Africa

A visit to the Rupert Museum is a must for any art lover. An amazing collection by South African artists is on view in a modern spacious building in a glorious setting in Stellenbosch. The Pierneef exhibition was fascinating and well worth seeing.

9. Hombisa Jewellery

13 Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 74 197 8408 [email protected] http://hombisa.com
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Hombisa Jewellery

Andringa Street Shop 4, Jan Cats Building,, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa +27 82 847 1022 [email protected] http://www.mbgallery.co.za
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Marze Botha Art Gallery

Marze Botha Art Gallery is a jewel of a find not to be missed on your Winelands tour. It hosts art, sculpture, gifts, ceramics, glass and more from well-known South African artists. All proudly South African! We ship worldwide.

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